Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Winter’s Bounty

Where can families enjoy hikes, a log sawing contest, fun crafts, maple sugaring, and fire-roasted marshmallows all at the same time? At none other than the Rye Nature Center’s annual old-fashioned winter’s afternoon on Saturday from 12-3.

Punch cards available for purchase. Cash only.


The Rye Arts Center is offering an Improv workshop on Saturday from 2-4 for adults who want to relieve stress and have pure fun. All will benefit from games, exercises, creativity, and laughter.

The fee is $30. Sign up at

Networking for Artists

Got Art? Inc. is offering artists a chance to explore “Unique Creativity with a Twist” at the Rye library Saturday from 2-4. The group will provide and share resources, instruction, references, workshops, and publishing information.

Inch by Inch

The Rye library invites teens to a collage workshop on Saturday from 3-4. Bring your own materials if you like and create a small masterpiece using one-inch square artworks and various papers.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

WITH four PIX if needed


#3227 Lorraine Glessner, <Spilling Over>

#3222 Shu Huang, <Winter Bright>

#3228 Priya Tambe, <Mesmerizing Botanical>

#3231 Katharine Dufault, <Morning Landscape>

Playing with Fire

“Some Like It Hot: Works in Encaustic” is the main attraction in The Rye Art Center Gallery through February 17. Curator/artist Katharine Dufault will offer a brief history of the medium and demonstrate a variety of techniques using hot wax February 8 from 6-7.

Arrested Development

Head to the Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum for “Law and Order- Policing in Rye 1660-2017.” The exhibit follows crime and punishment in Rye from the colonial justice system to the modern police department.

Visitors will get a bird’s-eye view of historical objects and documents from the Society’s archives and special items on loan from Rye families.

With photo

Classic Charm in the Afternoon

The Rye library’s midday operettas on video series continues with “Candide” by Hugh Wheeler, Leonard Bernstein, and Richard Wilbur on February 5, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” on February 12. Both screenings are 12-2.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

Greenhouse Effect

The Rye Garden Club is hosting a talk on climate change at the Rye Free Reading Room February 6 from 10-12. The speaker is Kathleen Biggins of C-Change Conversations, a nonpartisan association of volunteers dedicated to promoting informed discussion on climate change and its impact.

Set in Stone

Storyteller Lou Del Bianco will share the legacy of his grandfather at The Osborn on February 6 at 3:30. Luigi Del Bianco was the chief carver on our nation’s greatest memorial, Mount Rushmore.

Del Bianco, the author of “Out of Rushmore’s Shadow,” will use photos, timelines, and primary source documents to bring his grandfather’s immigrant struggles and great work to life.

RSVP by calling 925-8218 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Feathered Friends

Take a brisk walk around Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on February 10 at 10. Visitors will be able to see how the avian population is faring this winter.

Pamper Yourself

Bathe yourself in love at Wainwright House’s “Polishing the Heart” yin yoga practice February 10 from 1-4. Instructor Megan Moss Freeman will focus on postures that create more freedom in the chest, back, and shoulders, as well as more energy throughout the body. Meditative awareness will also be explored.

The fee is $35 for members, $40 non-members.

Recharge and Restore

Jivamukti yoga instructor Sandhi Ferreria is offering two workshops at Wainwright House on February 11. Essential Oils and Family Wellness from 12-1:30; and Inner Flow Yoga from 2-4. The first program is free; the second is $35 for members. Both support health, positive changes, and nourishment.

Blank Canvas, Full Glass

Loosen up and paint at The Rye Arts Center’s adult BYOB painting workshop February 15 from 6-9. Start with a simple still life and progress from there at your own pace. No experience necessary.

The fee is $65. Register at

Paint With Me

Ladies Night Out at Rye Recreation blends fun, friendship, food, and drink with creating a beautiful piece of art. Come February 15 at 7 for light refreshments. Stay for step-by-step instruction.

The fee is $30. Space is limited.

The Great Countdown

The Great Backyard Bird Count is taking place February 16-19. Do the counting on your property if there’s a feeder, or at the Rye Nature Center on February 17 at 9. For more information, visit

Nature Workday

Head to Read Sanctuary on February 17 at 10 to help tidy up the grounds. Among the tasks are invasive vine cutting, trail work, and beach cleanup.

Power of the People

For its next selection, the Rye library’s Current Events book group is reading John Judis’ “The Populist”. Learn about global politics from one of America’s most respected political analysts. The meeting is February 27 form 6:30-8.

<<Family Ties>>

Hit the Slopes

Join the Rye YMCA on a skiing/snowboarding trip to Thunder Ridge Ski Resort on February 10 from 9-5.

The fee for parent and child is $210, $300 for a family of 3, and $400 for a family of 4. Registration is required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How Sweet It Is

Tap a tree the old-fashioned way and learn about maple sugaring at the Rye Nature Center on February 10 and 24 at 1. Discover how trees produce sap and get a peek at the sugaring process in the Center’s own sugar shed.

The cost is $10 per family for members, $15 non-members. Call 967-5150 to reserve a spot.

Move Over Willy Wonka

Ages 5 and up and their grown-ups may head to the Rye library’s second annual Chocolate Fest with Rockland artist B. Smith on February 10 from 2-3:30. There will be chocolate creations to make and enjoy, as well as a chocolate fountain for dipping goodies to take home.

Ice Capades

Rye Recreation invites all ages to a free open skate at Rye Country Day School February 19 from 2:15-4:30. Participants must provide their own skates, and children 16 years or younger must wear a helmet.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

<<Teen Time>>


Ages 12-17 are invited to Rye Arts Center’s Thank Goodness Improv Friday! February 9 from 7-8:30. Teens are in for a fast-paced and hilarious evening of games, exercises, and entertainment.

The fee is $25. Sign up at

<<Children’s Corner>>

Wild About You

Elementary school kids can learn how to track animals at the Rye Nature Center on February 8 from 11:15-3:15. Footprints, scat, and broken nuts will all be explored in the woods.

They can also tap a tree to learn the process of making maple syrup on February 13 from 11:15-3:15 in time for Valentine’s Day.

The fee for each workshop is $70 for members, $80 non-members.

Trinket Time

A jewelry and beading workshop for grades K-5 will be offered on February 8 at Rye Recreation from 12-2. Students will work on design boards and construct three different take home items. Beadz owner Melanie Rose is the instructor.

The fee is $45 for residents, $55 non-residents. Visit to register.

A Ton of Bricks

Rye Recreation is offering special Brick Kids Lego workshops for grades K-5 on February 8 and 13 from 1-3. The first is for Star Wars fans, the second session focuses on Olaf’s Adventure.

The fee for each is $45. Residents only. Visit to register.

Be My Valentine

Ages 9-12 can learn to work in CAD design to create Valentine’s Day pendants at The Rye Arts Center on February 8 from 3:30-5. Mathematics and design concepts will be discussed and students will create their own unique piece of jewelry.

The fee is $20. Register at

Beyond Reading

Ryebrary STEAMers in grades K-2 can join the librarians on February 9 from 4-5. Participants will read a book together and work on a related inquiry-based, hands-on activity in the STEAM lab.

You’re It

Rye Recreation is offering archery tag at the Rye Middle School Gym on February 9. There will be a session for grades 5 and 6 from 6-7:30 and one for grades 7 and 8 from 7:30-9. Archery tag combines the intensity and excitement of dodgeball and paintball with the skill set of archery, with foam-tipped arrows.

The fee is $25. Residents only.

Carry a Tune

Ages 10-13 interested in songwriting will learn to harness their melodies and lyrics at The Rye Arts Center February 10 from 2-4. Instructor Nina Ossoff will analyze various song genres. A professional songwriter for over 20 years, she has written songs for movies and television shows.

The fee is $30. Register at

Paleontologists, Come Out and Play

Did dinosaurs once rule Rye? We may never know but preschoolers through fifth graders will learn to distinguish between different kinds of dinosaurs at a program at Rye Nature Center February 16 from 10-2.

The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 non-members. Register by calling 967-5150.

<<Save the Date>>

California Dreamin’

The sound of Southern California in the 1960s and ’70s will be heard at Wainwright House on February 21 from 3-4:30. Local favorite Gary Adamson will not only perform the songs, but also share the stories behind them.

The event is sponsored by SPRYE and admission is free.

American Pioneers Pops, Crackles, and Booms

On February 22, Westchester County will honor African-American members of the community for their professional and civic accomplishments at the Annual Black History Month and Trailblazer Awards. The ceremony will be held at the Jay Heritage Center from 5:30-8:30.


The Rye YMCA will hold its Magic and Merriment Annual Benefit March 2 from 7-11 at Shenorock Shore Club. Get ready for an evening filled with laughter and amazement as “Stand Up Magician” Derek Hughes wows the crowd.  

Proceeds benefit the Y Cares Financial Assistance Program to ensure working families have safe, affordable childcare; cancer survivors can regain their health through LIVESTRONG; teens have a safe place to hang out; and kids can attend summer camp. 

Tickets start at $250. For more information and donation opportunities, visit or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It’s Going to Be a Roaring Night

All are invited to a Murder Mystery Dinner at Wainwright House March 3 at 7. This fundraiser will have a roaring 1920s theme, a dinner catered by Corner Stone, and an open bar.

Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, call 967-6080.

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